Kesler continues to have injury concerns and we are currently in the market for a center. Not exactly "no room to grow". I don't see it as a stretch to say he would have helped significantly vs LA. The team was trash, yes, still the games were close and we got better as the series went on. Just having Coho for the PP means we prob don't give up SH goals by the handful, easily could have split those 1st two games and we only needed 1 damn goal in game 3.
Push that to 7 games and it's up for grabs. Though I think we would have waxed them in 6.
There's a bit of 20/20 hindsight in your post.
How much was known as to the nature of Kesler's back (and wrist) at the time of the trade deadline? Perhaps Gillis might have done a different deal had he been able to to say that Kesler would have been up on blocks for as long as he has been.
Young guys want to be able to play and contribute now, rather than wait. It may be easy for us to sit here and say that Hodgson could have bided his time, and eventually Sedin and Kesler would retire. (Once that happened, in four or five years, then Hodgson would rise up in all his glory and lead the team to its first Cup and we'd all say, "OMG, when did we get this hockey god and why haven't we played him before?") I think Hodgson saw his situation here as being similar to Staal's when he was still with Pittsburg. Two guys playing ahead of him, both of whom are talented and likely going to be around for a few more years. Leaving was Hodgson's best personal option as there was "no room to grow" here, at least not in the short term.
I don't see still having Hodgson would have done anything to improve the final outcome of the series. Sure, maybe he would have generated an extra goal or two (either scored by him, or someone else), but I do not see him providing anything anywhere near enough to carry the Canucks past LA. And with his suspect defence, any offensive advantage he brought would likely be nullified.
Fun fact: in 20 games with the Sabres, getting more minutes and playing with "better" line mates, Hodgson scored 3g 5a 8 points. He was also -7. Pahlsson, who was brought in to replace Hodgson at 3C scored 2g 4a 6 points, and was a +4 in 19 games.
With Hodgson still here, the Canucks might have been able to take the series to five games.
Hurting our chances so close to the playoffs as a contender... That's just not cool. Save that trade for next year if your so keen on it. "Kassian may not have been available omgzz".... yea, doubt that. Cody had and has a lot of value. Burke was ranting that we didn't market Cody and he didn't get a chance to make an offer. Sounds like a real bidding war lol. A package with him and Lu, could have a pretty sweet return too.
You're packaging Hodgson up with Luongo here. At the deadline, Schneider was still the likely candidate to be moved. In that weight class of player, Hodgson would be a throw-in.
Also, as was hinted at above, Hodgson might not have been as much of an asset in the playoffs as some might have hoped.
If the season started on time, and we couldn't or didn't find a taker for Lu, our center depth would look like...
Hank, Schroeder,Lappy, Manny...................
I really like Kass, but damn that's scary.
Gillis might have a center lined up in the assumed Luongo deal. The only reason the guy isn't around already might have something to do with the CBA talks and lockout.
There's also the possibility that Gillis a UFA signing or another trade waiting in the wings so the center ice depth would be more like: Sedin, New Guy (until Kelser returns), New Guy (after Kesler returns), Schroeder, Malhotra, Lapierre.
Following the Canucks since before Don Cherry played here.